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What traditions do you and your family have for the holidays? Do you add Christmas lights to your home each year? Is there that one special ornament that you set out during the holidays?  That yummy recipe from grandma that you recreate yearly?

This is a season is when memories are made and family is celebrated in unique, joyous ways. Please join me and my Blog Hop colleagues as we share our Holiday Traditions That Ring in Our Season Blog Hop

Traditions build the wonders of memories for years to come.

When I reflected back, almost all our fun times and memories were centered on family and food. I wondered about this and researched it a bit more. I found this interesting article from Eartheasy that explains how eating together as a family brings us all closer to one another.

I also found, doing projects together builds memories that lasts a lifetime. 
Our mother was always so resourceful using everyday objects to make the most beautiful ornaments for our tree and home. To this day, I try to do the same and it’s so much fun. Pinterest is a great source for ideas.
Now for those wonderful meals…
When I was growing up, our parents made the holidays so special with delicious dinners.
Homemade noodles were always at our dinner table. I remember our mom and dad working the dough, cutting them into strips, and draping them everywhere they could, to dry them out before adding them into a huge pot of favored broth.

Homemade Noodles 
2 beaten eggs
2 T butter
1/4 t salt
2 cups flour
Mix eggs, salt, butter. Add flour. Roll out on flour surface. Form dough into a jelly roll. Cut in strips. Dust them with lots of flour. Dry them out for 2 hours before cooking. Add a few at a time to prevent sticking, to boiling turkey or chicken broth. Reduce to a gentle boil and stir for a minute or two. Cook until most of liquid is absorbed about 15 minutes or until done. 
Tip: For the turkey or chicken broth, cook turkey or chicken necks in 2- 3 quarts water or enough to cover them.

Season as desired.

Our niece has taken over this tradition which our family looks forward to every year. 
Another tradition our family loved to put out what we called a “Gumdrop Tree.” It's a little plastic tree we filled with Gumdrop candy. We still continue this fun tradition today. 
Pixabay TiagoMendes
Christmas Eve is filled with a family dinner of laughter and fun. A staple that must be made is a dish we call, “Velveeta Chicken.” I spoke of this meal in my book launch a few weeks ago and will share it again here.

1 chicken, cooked, cooled, and bones removed
1/3 Lg. box of Velveeta Cheese
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
½ cup milk
1 box of chicken flavored Stove Top Stuffing.  PREPARED (Name brands also work well.)

Put pieces of chicken in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Melt 1/3 of the box of Velveeta Cheese, 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup, and the ½ cup milk in a sauce pan. Stir so it won’t stick. Pour this mixture over the chicken. Spread the PREPARED stuffing over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Important step: Make the stuffing ahead of time. If you see recipes out there that say to “just add stuffing,” it won't work.

Not that we ever need dessert but, these are a giant hit at our home around the holidays. 
Coconut Mounds Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter

1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups flaked coconut
1 – (12 ounce) semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter or margarine. Mix and pat into the bottom of one 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes.

Toss the flaked coconut and the chocolate chips together and add. Drizzle the condensed milk. 
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until slightly brown and all is melted.

Cool a bit before cutting into small squares. These are very rich. 

Christmas Day

No large breakfast for Christmas morning. I make cinnamon and orange glazed rolls. Our morning is spent opening presents which can take many hours as each one opens a present as we all watch. It’s so much fun seeing the gifts our family picks for each other with loving thoughtful items.

The rest of the day is spent time with the family enjoying snacks, and our favorite, bagel, cream cheese, and ham sandwiches.

Thanks for stopping by! What are your most-treasured holiday traditions? Please share in the comment section.
For more traditions to ring in your holiday season, find inspiration in the #Gr8blogs below. 

If you want to tag onto this hop, add your family-friendly link to this blog in the comment section. We’ll visit and give you some blog love!

Happy Holidays! 

Please visit our author friends to read more on their holiday traditions. 
Also, don't forget to add your family friendly link to this blog below if you would like to share your fun traditions. 

K. Lamb
James Milson
Cat Michaels
Sandra Bennett
Rebecca Lyndsey


12/07/2017 3:49pm

I love how your Christmas memories are filled with crafts and food! Don't you love the smell of Christmas? I do!

Also, I love how you each open one present at a time. I think Christmas is so much more meaningful when everyone takes the time to appreciate each gift instead of making it a free-for-all with everyone unwrapping at one time.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas. Enjoy your traditions and making new memories with children and grandchildren!

12/08/2017 11:57am

Hi Kristen! Thanks so much for stopping by today with your comment.
Yes, food has always brought our family and friends together.
We really have fun watching each other open their gifts.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Christmas with your family Kristen!

12/08/2017 12:03pm

Whoa.....Icannot read this without tastebuds doing the happy dance! Food is hugely important in our family hol traditions, too, Rosie, but I may borrow some of yours. Being cooking-challengd, I always look for one-dish meals and desserts to whip up. I could manage thata gumdrop tree....a truly sweet tradition! Thanks for shaing your holiday traditions. Warmest wishes for a blessed season-:D

12/12/2017 11:09am

Hi Cat, thanks for stopping by with your comment.
The chocolate mounds bars are a favorite. It's a good thing we only have them once a year though, they are rich, but oh so good!
Thanks for all you do and I'm looking forward to all the exciting things to come in 2018!
Enjoy your holiday and many blessings to you and yours!

Rebecca Lyndsey
12/08/2017 1:37pm

our traditions are so much alike! I love it. Even now, we always open one gift at a time and show everybody what it is. It makes it so much more meaningful.

Love your recipes ! Thanks so much for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

12/12/2017 11:25am

Hi Rebecca! yes, opening the gifts are so much fun that we lose all track of time. Many times, we'll stop and start talking and telling the stories on how we found it, etc. We have a little one now that helps us all stay on track better. I wouldn't change our tradition for anything in the world.
I'm glad you like the recipes. Let me know if you try those Mounds bars. Yummy!
Merry Christmas and wishing you many wonderful blessings to you and your family for the coming year!

12/09/2017 10:03am

My mother was a great crafter and got me started making homemade ornaments at an early age, and still have them to hang each year, as well as many by her. We may lose family and loved ones as we go thru time, but they they seem to rejoin us every year at the holidays thru the ornaments, recipes, tradtitions, and stories. I have never seen a Gumball Tree and must look for one now! Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday traditions, Rosie! And I am absolutely going to try those Coconut Mounds Bars! My very best holiday wishes for a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

12/12/2017 11:18am

Hi James, thanks for sharing your memory of your mother and her love for crafts. I think it would be safe to say, our parents grew up in a time, if you couldn't afford to buy it, you made it. I love the simpler times of that theory.
They make stainless steel trees now and I've been meaning to look for one to hand down to our family. Our little plastic tree is on it's last leg but we sure have had a fun time with it.
Like I told Cat, the Mounds Bars are so good and very rich, but I'm sure you will love them once you taste them. A great treat for a crowd.
Merry Christmas James and I'm looking forward to 2018 and all the wonderful things our group will bring to this new year.
Blessings to you and your family,

12/19/2017 7:07pm

Hi Rosie, wow, I found it fascinating reading all about the different foods you share at Christmas.In our summer heat I would never think about making noodles! We have cold ham and salads, fresh seafood and lots of lovely fruit, watermelon, mangoes, cherries etc, so different to you. Thanks so much for sharing your traditions, I could imagine being at your wonderful Christmas table. Wishing you all the best this Christmas and for a wonderful and happy 2018. :)

12/20/2017 11:38am

Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for stopping by to leave your traditions with us. Yes, your side of the world is much different than ours this time of year. I wish you could visit our side someday. How much fun it would be to have you at our Christmas table.
Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and the happiest 2018 Sandra!


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